Delicious, tender chicken marinated in vanilla salt and lime zest is lovely as an entrée or a great addition to your barbecue menu. "In my head, I don’t usually put lime and vanilla together, but this bright and breezy dish seems like just the thing for enjoying on a warm day at a barbecue. And so you’ll want an outdoor friendly white to go with it. No real fat, chilli heat or heavy sauce to worry about so you can pick a white that is delicate and clean. This is the second visit this series to the Austrian Gruner Veltliner variety because I think it has such food-friendly properties. It calls to mind citrus and light stone fruit sprinkled with spicy white pepper, and so you get interest and plenty of fresh, clean flavours and acidity – definitely one to try if you get the chance." - Dan Coward






Skill level

Average: 3.3 (3 votes)


  •  800 g chicken breast, cut into 2 cm squares 
  • olive oil, to coat chicken 
  • 1½ tbsp ground vanilla salt and lime zest 
  • 1 pinch of pepper 
  • 1 lime 
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • bamboo skewers, soaked in cold water for 20 minutes

Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.


Marinating time: 3 hours

Drink Hahndorf Hill Gruner Veltliner – GRU 2012, Adelaide Hills, SA

In a large bowl, combine the chicken, olive oil, ground vanilla salt and lime zest, pinch of pepper, juice of half of the lime and the garlic. Cover and marinate in the fridge for 3 hours

Skewer the chicken pieces and cook on a hot barbecue or grill plate until ready. Squeeze the juice of the remaining lime over the chicken skewers while cooking. 

Serve hot with salad, rice or vegetables.